Likely given to the attendees of a summer camp who then, like a school yearbook, had their camp-mates sign it along with the city and state that they were from.
To be sure, its hand made with a distressed finsih on the front of the paddle area which features a extremely well done hand painted portrait of an [Eastern?] Amercan Indian.
A bit further down the paddle is an incised & chip carved band. Just below that & carved into the wood [and a bit faint] are the words " Del. Water Gap, PA. ". Continuing down the tapering handle and on each side are notches carved into the edge of the handle and around the end.
But WAIT.....theres more....ALOT MORE.......around to the back....
On the back there is no decoration, which left lots of room for the camp goers to place their names and cities. There are abut 20 of them from such cities as: Philly , NYC ; Hackensack NJ; Germantown, PA, Trenton, NJ and several more. The sixth signator was nice enough to include the year which is 1903.
Oh yes....some details. The paddle measures 27" long & is 3" across the widest point.
1903 Adirondack Girls Camp Indian Canoe Souvenir Paddle Delaware Water Gap PA
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